Director, Amnesty International UkraineUkraine
Oksana Pokalchuk is a Ukrainian lawyer, gender equality expert, defense attorney and has had over 10 years of expertise and experience in human rights. Since 2015, she has been the Director of Amnesty International Ukraine. Before coming to Amnesty International Ukraine, Oksana worked for the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Within Amnesty International Ukraine, Oksana monitors whether various Ukrainian public agencies and institutions observe human rights. Oksana’s team focuses on stopping domestic and gender-based violence in Ukraine, on the improvement of Ukraine’s educational system, and on the development of activism and the international solidarity principle. She is a well-known public figure who provides her opinion on various issues to media outlets in Ukraine and worldwide through the lens of human rights. She participates in relevant public activities, such as the UN roundtable discussions and international conferences, talk shows, and public discussions. She also publishes articles and op-eds in various media. In addition, Oksana has her own video blog on the TV channel 24 and on YouTube. As a scholar, Ms. Pokalchuk has a profound interest in the rights of women and LGBTQI+ people, transgender people in particular. She has written multiple research publications and is now working on a thesis dedicated to the reproductive rights of non-heteronormative families in Ukraine.